September 5th, 2011
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th Century as originally reported in past issues of the newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 1, 1896)
Let Us Have a High School
What this town needs, as we have heretofore remarked on divers and sundry occasions, is a good high school, where our boys and girls can fit themselves to enter college. It is important beyond anything else.
BALTIMORE â€” It may be unfathomable to fans in western Pennsylvania, but according to local native Todd Clontz, it is possible: Transitioning from a Pitts-burgh Steelers fan to â€” get this â€” a Baltimore Ravens fan.
â€śI grew up in the 1970s and watched Terry Bradshaw and the boys,â€ť he said Friday. â€śI remember the Super Bowls back then â€” definitely the third and fourth ones.
DUBOIS â€” After scoring two touchdowns and leading 14-7 at halftime, DuBois' varsity football team scored 28 points in the first eight minutes of the second half to defeat Punxsy, 42-7, Friday night in DuBois.
"We missed a lot of tackles right off the bat in the second half," Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol said. "I don't think anything really changed. It was just a grind-it-out game on a hot night, and fatigue probably played a factor. Their skill definitely played a part, but I think fatigue did, too."
ST. MARYS â€” The Brookville Raiders football squad opened its season as it headed to Dutch Country Stadium Friday night to take on the St. Marys Flying Dutchmen.
The Raiders were ousted by a final score of 34-28.
Brookville's quarterback Steven Kennedy led the team with 151 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Ryan Kerr was also a standout for the Raiders, rushing for more than 130 yards and scoring a 21-yard touchdown.
Brookville head coach Chris Dworek said after the game that his team was just not quite ready for the season-opener.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The forecast for DuBois, 7 p.m. tonight: Sunny and 78 degrees.
Perfect weather for Punxsy's opening game against the Beavers.
Punxsy head coach Alan Nichol hopes that means a good turnout to support his team on the road.
"It looks like we'll have a nice night, and we're not very far away," he said. "We have won 18 games in a row, and that doesn't happen often. There's no other sport like it where you can get that nice large crowd to come out and support you."
CINCINNATI â€” Devin Mesoracoâ€™s journey to the Major Leagues started June 1, 2007, when he was drafted in the first round with the 15th pick of the Major League Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
That journey ended Thursday, when Mesoraco was called up from the AAA Louisville Bats and placed on the Redsâ€™ 40-man roster.
Now, a new journey has begun.
Since he was a young man, right here in Punxsutawney, Mesoraco has been a standout athlete, but at every new level comes a new question: Can he stand out at this level with the elevated competition?
BROOKVILLE â€” An evidence suppression hearing was held Thursday in the case of an Emporium man facing charges for the double murder of a Snyder Township couple in 2010.
Thursday, attorneys for defendant Steven Patrick Rebert filed several motions in the Court of Common Pleas to have Judge John H. Foradora suppress certain pieces of evidence that were introduced by District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett through cross examination of Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. David Ray, the criminal investigation assessment officer.
BROOKVILLE â€” The Jefferson County Commissioners recently proclaimed September 2011 as National Senior Community Center Month and Sept. 25-Oct. 1 2011 as Senior Community Center Week.
The commissioners are encouraging all Jefferson County residents to recognize the important role senior community centers play in the lives of older persons in Jefferson County.
â€śI would like to thank the commissioners and our volunteers for their continuing support of the senior centers,â€ť Mikki Oakes, director of development and community relations for the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging, said.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' tennis team opened its home schedule for the 2011 season by blanking Bradford's squad, 9-0, Thursday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
In the No. 1 singles category, Punxsy's Anna Monyak handled hard-hitting Emily Hardy's serves and defeated her 6-2, 6-3 to earn Punxsy's first point in a match that contained several close games that frequently went to multiple deuces.
In the No. 2 singles, Shaina Reddinger defeated Brad-ford's Amina Sosic handily, 6-1, 6-2.
DUBOIS â€” Punxsy's boys' golf team shot a 159, its lowest score of the season, at the Silver Course's back nine at Treasure Lake in DuBois, earning a 159-200 victory over DuBois Central Catholic Thursday afternoon.
Punxsy's win makes things interesting in the Allegheny Mountain League's northern division after Brookville defeated DuBois Tuesday afternoon.
"Today was a really great day," head coach Josh Conrad said after the match. "Everyone just played really well."